Star in the Shadows – Helen Buckley / #Interview #BlogBlitz @rararesources @HelenCBuckley  

 

 

The world thinks that pop superstar Kiara Anderson has it all, but she spends her nights drinking away memories of her childhood and life as a teen runaway.

The Jacobs family are desperate to see the girl next door again and discover why she ran away, especially their son Shane, who blames himself for her disappearance.

When Kiara’s manager forces her into a reveal-all TV interview she knows the family she loved more than her own will finally discover the truth.

Can she overcome her demons or will the shadows of the past rob her of fame, fortune, and a chance to finally fall in love?

 

 

Q&A

Thanks for the interesting set of questions! 😊

– When and where do you prefer to write?

Anywhere and anytime I can – when I wrote Star in the Shadows I would get up at 5am to write before work, then write on the train, then at lunchtime, and then in the evenings too. Now I have a six month old baby I have very little time to write so I grab it when I can. I’m writing the answer to this question at 6am before he wakes up!

– Do you have a certain ritual?

As long as my laptop works I’m good to go

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

When I’m in the zone, I get so engrossed in writing that I don’t eat until afterwards. I have to remind myself to drink water to make sure I don’t get dehydrated!

– What is your favourite book?

That’s such a difficult question! I find it impossible to choose just one, but the book I have always been happy to read again and again is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. One of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

I started writing a crime novel but I couldn’t get very far with it. The other three novels I have written or have in mind are all contemporary women’s fiction.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Yes sometimes! The character of Alicia is loosely inspired by a girl I knew at school. The Honduran characters in my novel are also inspired by people I knew when I lived in Honduras for a few years. I’ll often name characters after people I know even when the character itself isn’t based on them.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I often use my iphone to note down ideas and questions on the go.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I’ve never really read fantasy books or much sci fi although I love sci fi films

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I’d love to have the opportunity to work with Donna Tartt, or Catherine Cookson if she were still alive, as I loved her books when I was younger.

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I’d choose Nepal. I’ve always wanted to go there, and the vast mountains of the Annapurna sanctuary would certainly be inspirational!

Thank you, Helen Buckley and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Helen has spent over thirteen years working and volunteering for charities in the UK and abroad, including four years in Honduras. She currently works as a charity communications manager and lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and son.

 

Author Links 

Twitter – HelenCBuckley  

Insta – helencatherinebuckley 

website: buckleybooks.org  

 

 

Book Link

UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Shadows-Helen-Buckley/dp/1528932005

 

 

 

Desperate Ground – LJ Morris / #CoverReveal #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity @LesJMorris

 

 

Only on Oct 31st and Nov 1st!

Ali Sinclair #1

When the secrecy of a nuclear weapon agreement is thrown into doubt, a disgraced intelligence operative is recruited to find out if the deal is still safe…
Ali Sinclair, wrongly convicted and on the run from a Mexican prison, is enlisted to infiltrate her old friend’s inner circle and find the evidence.
The only people on her side are an ex-Cold War spook and the former Royal Marine that was sent to find her. Together they discover that the stakes are much higher than anyone knew, and the fate of the world is at risk…
But when you live in the shadows who can you trust?

 

 

Cover Reveal

Thank you, LJ Morris and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo

 

About the author

L J Morris is an author with a lifelong love of books and storytelling that he developed as a child. He spent most of the 80s and 90s serving in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineer and now lives in Cumbria, with his family. He currently works within the defence industry and continues to write at every opportunity.

His short stories have appeared in several anthologies including Volumes 1 & 2 of Best-selling author Matt Hilton’s anthology series ‘ACTION: Pulse Pounding Tales’.

Other anthologies he has appeared in include ‘Happily Never After’, ‘Wish You Weren’t Here’, and ‘Liminal Time, Liminal Space’ where one reader described his tale ‘True Colours’ as “Riveting and powerful

 

Author Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LesJMorris/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LesJMorris

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1810171.L_J_Morris

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Desperate-Ground-Ali-Sinclair-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07ZC9HDVP/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=desperate+ground+lj+morris&qid=1571892126&sr=8-1

Murder in Montague Falls – Sawney Hatton, Patrick Thomas, Russ Colchamiro / #PromoPost #BlogTour @RRBookTours1 @AuthorDudeRuss @SawneyHatton @I_PatrickThomas

 

 

WHITE HOT THRILLS! PITCH BLACK DEEDS!3 TALES OF TEENS TACKLING THEIR DARKEST RITES OF PASSAGE

Acclaimed storytellers Russ Colchamiro, Sawney Hatton, and Patrick Thomas each present an original novella brimming with enough danger, intrigue, and murder to get readers’ blood pounding and hearts racing.

In Colchamiro’s RED INK, a paperboy with an overactive imagination witnesses a brutal killing on his route-or has he taken his fantasy spy games a step too far?

In Hatton’s THE DEVIL’S DELINQUENTS, a trio of teenage misfits in pursuit of success, power, and revenge practice amateurish occult rituals… with deadly consequences.

In Thomas’s A MANY SPLENDID THING, a sultry high school teacher enrolls one of her students to get rid of her husband. But will the young man really graduate to murder?

 

 

Promo Post

Thank you, Sawney Hatton, Patrick Thomas, Russ Colchamiro and R&R Book Tours.

 

About the authors

RUSS COLCHAMIRO is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the zany sci-fi backpacking series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the sci-fi mystery anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, and contributing author for his newest project, Murder in Montague Falls, a noir novella collection, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ has contributed to several other anthologies including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, They Keep Killing Glenn, Altered States of the Union, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, Brave New Girls vols. 3&4, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, and Footprints in the Stars.

He is now finalizing the first in an ongoing SFF mystery series featuring his hard-boiled private eye Angela Hardwicke and has several other SFF, crime fiction, and children’s book projects in the works.

Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, their twin ninjas, and their crazy dog, Simon.

 

SAWNEY HATTON is an author, editor, and screenwriter who has long loved playing in the dark. His published works include the Dark Comedy novel Dead Size, the YA Noir novella Uglyville, and the Dark Fiction short story collection Everyone Is a Moon. He also edited the Sci-Fi Horror anthology What Has Two Heads, Ten Eyes, and Terrifying Table Manners?

Other incarnations of Sawney have produced marketing videos, attended chili cook-offs, and played the banjo and sousaphone (not at the same time). As of this writing, he is still very much alive.

 

PATRICK THOMAS is the award-winning author of the beloved Murphy’s Lore series and the darkly hilarious Dear Cthulhu advice empire.

His 40+ books include Fairy with a Gun, By Darkness Cursed, Lore & Dysorder, Dead to Rites, Startenders, As the Gears Turn, Cthulhu Explains It All, and Exile and Entrance. His is the co-author of the Mystic Investigators series, The Santa Heist, and the Jack Gardner mysteries.

Patrick is the co-editor of Camelot 13 (with John French), New Blood (with Diane Raetz), and Hear Them Roar (with CJ Henderson), co-created The Wildsidhe Chronicles YA series and is the creator of the Agents of the Abyss series.

He has had more than 150 short stories published in magazines and anthologies, with his work for YA and children including the Ughabooz books, the Undead Kid Diaries, the Joy Reaper books, and the Babe B. Bear Mysteries as Patrick T. Fibbs.

 

Author Links

RUSS COLCHAMIRO

http://www.russcolchamiro.com

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @AuthorDudeRuss

 

 

 

SAWNEY HATTON

website http://www.SawneyHatton.com 

Twitter and Facebook

 

 

PATRICK THOMAS

http://www.patthomas.net 

http://www.patricktfibbs.com

 

 

Book Link

Amazon US : https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Montague-Falls-Noir-Inspired-Colchamiro-ebook/dp/B07X5GLPGD/ref=sr_1_1?crid=WDI6BUEXZM6J&keywords=murder+in+montague+falls&qid=1571375318&sprefix=murder+in+monta%2Caps%2C240&sr=8-1

 

The Haunting at Paradise House – Killian Wolf / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @Killian_Wolf22

 

 

If you were given the chance to become a powerful sorceress, would you leave behind everything you thought you knew?

When Addison is offered the position of her dreams through a mysterious phone call, she rises to the occasion and moves to the Florida Keys to a mansion called Paradise House. Footsteps from playful ghosts, a room of killer dolls, and an all too intelligent owl lead her to the mysteries that lie within the walls, to reveal the true reason behind her invitation. When dark forces get a hold of her and her patient, Addison is left with no choice but to take extreme measures to protect the ones she loves. Will Addison be able to acquire the necessary skills fast enough in order to protect her patient, and defeat the evil entities that thrive in the mansion?

 

Trailers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cRH2NEPDBU 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x11nL-q9X4

 

 

Q&A

– When and where do you prefer to write?

I’ve always been nocturnal so naturally, that’s when my creative juices flow and inspiration hits. Otherwise, I’ll lie awake in bed only to fall asleep when I had planned to wake up to write, and quite frankly, that’s a waste of time. I’m lucky enough to have an office to myself where I can write without disturbance, unless of course my cat starts crying for my attention.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

I like to take a shower before writing to clear my mind of the day. I feel like the water will wash away anything that happened, any thoughts or worries, and set the tone for the beginning of my writing portion. I’ll pour myself a cup of tea or coffee, and then light a candle I keep next to my laptop. I also put on some low classical music to get my head on straight. Usually, I look at where I left off in my outline before I start officially typing.

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

I absolutely love coffee and have a collection of different types. I range from my favourite being strong Cuban coffee to Honduran smooth black with sugar. Since I prefer to write at night though, I will sometimes go for non- caffeinated peppermint tea just to have something hot to sip, or I’ll never get to sleep.

– What is your favourite book?

“Druss the Legend,” by David Gemmell

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

The first book I wrote was a crime thriller, under a different pen name that I recently unpublished from Amazon. I plan on giving it a deep rewrite, split it into two books, new cover, and blurb. I’m going to take my time with this as my main focus right now is my YA dark fantasy, but I will at some point be managing two different genres and pen names.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Yes, even though I won’t write the characters to mimic real people, I have still written characters with others in mind. For instance, Dax in my series “Reapers of the Veil,” is based off my uncle Frankie who died in a motorcycle accident when I was twelve years old. Dax’s father Orlando is based off my grandfather who spends most of his time sleeping because he has Alzheimer’s. In the book, Orlando is put under a disorient/sleeping curse.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

Absolutely, I like to travel light, even if it’s to the corner store though, so I use a notebook app on my phone. Sometimes, inspiration will hit when I’m in the shower, so I purchased something called Aquanotes that has waterproof paper and pencils. I love it!

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I’m not much of a fan of reading Romance or Romantic comedies/Chick lit

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I thought long and hard about this question. I went from deciding on Piers Anthony to Silver RavenWolf as the genre and styles are a bit similar. Even though it would be fun, I changed my mind. If I had the honour to co-write a book with someone it would be my mom. Although she wrote a Romantic comedy and I’ve already established it isn’t on my list of favourite genres, she and I still have a mutual love for Halloween and the supernatural. I believe that she’s a great writer and has always encouraged me in aiming to be an author. We have a great relationship in working together, as we’ve often put events together and have proved that we make a great team. I think it would be fantastic and inspiring, that is if she ever takes a break from writing Romantic comedies and her busy life in Academia.

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Probably Jordan since I’d like to get certain details right in the second book of the series. One of the characters will spend some time in Petra and I want to make sure that I’m not leaving out any important details or missing any cultural experiences that should be in the book. Besides, to experience the Archaeological wonder and beauty of the city and its culture- even if I weren’t writing, it’s still on my list of places to visit.

Thank you, Killian Wolf and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Killian Wolf is a Miami, FL native who enjoys pirates, rum, and skulls as much as she loves writing about dark magick and sorcerers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology and a Master of Science in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy. 

Killian writes books about obtaining magickal powers and stepping into other dimensions. She lives in England with her husband, a tornado of a cat, and the most timid snake you’d ever meet.

When she isn’t writing, you might find her at an Archaeological dig, rock climbing, or sipping on dark spiced rum while working on a painting.

 

Author Links

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/killianwolf22/

Twitter- @Killian_Wolf22

Instagram- killian_wolf

 

 

Book Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunting-Paradise-House-Reapers-Veil-ebook/dp/B07YSX85V5/

https://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Paradise-House-Reapers-Veil-ebook/dp/B07YSX85V5/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-haunting-at-paradise-house-killian-wolf/1132250095?ean=2940161216682 

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-haunting-at-paradise-house 

The Cobalt Sky – Keith Dixon / #Interview #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @annecater @keithyd6

 

 

Sam Dyke Investigations # 10

Edward Ransome is one of England’s most famous artists – rich, a friend to celebrities and known for his devotion to his craft for almost fifty years.

Then someone steals his favourite painting – the painting that set Ransome on course to fame and fortune but was never sold and rarely seen.

Sam Dyke is hired to find the painting, and the thief, but quickly discovers that the loss of the painting is only one of the many losses suffered by Ransome, and his family.

What’s more, whoever stole the painting is keen to keep it a secret, and committing murder to do so is not out of the question.

Soon Dyke finds he has more than a simple burglary on his hands – it’s a case that spans generations and includes more than one ordinary crime.

 

Q&A

1. When and where do you prefer to write?

I used to write on a laptop on my knees, which of course ended up killing my back. Now I sit in my study on a proper office chair with a proper – separate – monitor in my eye line. I live in France and my study overlooks a rather disreputable courtyard that constantly reminds me it needs weeding/tending/sweeping. Fortunately, these days, my writing timetable has evolved to being really late at night, from 11 pm to 1 or 2 am in the morning, so I’m not staring at the yard. It’s when my brain seems ‘clear’ of the day’s rubbish.

2. Do you have certain writing rituals?

I write in a program called Scrivener, which allows me to ‘compile’ the day’s work into a file for the Kindle. So at the end of a writing session I compile the work, send it to my Kindle and read it in bed. As it’s in a different format I can spot typos or other things I want to change more easily. The next day, the first thing I do is put these changes into the Scrivener text. That’s like a version of a first draft for me, though there’ll be many more to come.

3. Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?

I wish I could say something writerly like a pint of whisky … but no. An occasional cup of tea!

4. What is your favourite book?

Hard to narrow them down, but if absolutely pushed I’d probably say The Great Gatsby. It’s so slim but so dense and packed with meaning, and there are phrases and descriptions in there that I remember from the first time I read it years ago.

5. Have you considered writing a different genre in the future?

When I was younger I wrote in a number of different genres, but lately I seem to have settled on the crime genre. I’ve written one ‘literary’ novel called Actress and a romance under a pseudonym. I’ll probably continue in the crime genre for now, but maybe shift the particular flavour of crime!

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

These days, not so much, though I have in the past – not physically, but perhaps in some aspect of their personality. I’ve never described a real person that I know in a novel. They say people don’t recognise themselves in books, though they might recognise others. I’m not willing to take the chance!

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I tried that – bought a nice, new, pocket-sized book and a fancy pen … never touched page one. I don’t seem to be the type to take notes – I just assume that when I need a detail, or a character trait, I’ll be able to summon it up. It comes easier when you’ve lived long enough to have met lots of people!

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

The Great Elmore Leonard, sadly passed away now. He seemed like a lot of fun and I just love his books.

10. If you could travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Probably Russia, at the moment. I have no particular affinity for it, but if I wanted to write a thriller with foreign villains it would be good to explore first hand some locations over there.

Thank you, Keith Dixon and Random Things Tours.

 

About the author

Keith Dixon was born in Yorkshire and grew up in the Midlands. He’s been writing since he was thirteen years old in a number of different genres: thriller, espionage, science fiction, literary. Two-time winner of the Chanticleer Reviews CLUE First in Category award for Private Eye/Noir novel, he’s the author of nine full-length books and one short-story in the Sam Dyke Investigations series and two other non-crime works, as well as two collections of blog posts on the craft of writing. His new series of Paul Storey Thrillers began in 2016 and there are now three books in the series.

 

Author Links

Twitter @keithyd6

blog at http://www.cwconfidential.blogspot.com/

Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SamDykeInvestigations/

website at http://www.keithdixonnovels.com/

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cobalt-Sky-Dyke-Investigations-Book-ebook/dp/B07W1GBRBQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+cobalt+sky&qid=1570513898&sr=8-1

The Fortune Teller’s Promise – Kelly Heard / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @heardkj1

 

 

Counting things in threes usually calms Dell’s crippling anxiety—the passionflower vine along the shop wall, the jimsonweed by the roadside, the sleeping valley in the distance—but when her baby daughter goes missing, her world shatters completely.

1979, Virginia. Growing up amongst the sprawling valleys and forests of Blyth, beautiful young Dell has always had a natural intuition for how to fix other people’s hurts, if not her own. She hopes for a better future, although thanks to her alcoholic father and narcissistic mother, happiness seems far out of her reach. She certainly could never have predicted holding her baby girl for the first time, and the life-changing, powerful love she would feel when she did.

Even as a heartbroken single mother in a small town riddled with gossips, she suddenly feels that she can do this. She can raise her daughter. But when she turns to her own mother for help, her mother convinces her that the child would be better off with another family. With nobody to fight her corner, Dell must watch the local church take the baby away, leaving her alone and completely devastated.

Dell feels there’s nothing left for her in her tiny hometown but heartache and shattered dreams, and so she flees, vowing never to go back. It finally seems like luck is on her side when she finds a small shop for rent, overlooking the peaceful Shenandoah Valley. This quiet corner of paradise feels like the perfect place to heal and use her gift to help others heal, too. Until Dell’s mother tracks her down to deliver crushing news—her baby girl is missing.

Dell knows she won’t find out where her child is in the stars or on her palms. Instead, she must do the one thing she promised she never would. She must return to Blyth. Will what Dell finds there finally heal her fragile heart, or break it into a thousand irreparable pieces?

 

 

My review

When you come from a broken family, you might feel that you are not fit to become a parent yourself. You are willing to try if someone would reach out and give you the support to go through with it, to give you enough love to choose your side. When you find yourself all alone, there is only one thing left to do.

Sometimes when you love someone deeply, but are too afraid to do the wrong thing, you have to do the only right thing there is left : leave.

But can you stay away or is that overpowering feeling of love making you go back? Will there be a reunion and a happy ever after or will the rift be irreparable?

It makes me realise once again that people are not mind readers. It’s not because an idea or a situation is clear in our own head that it’s clear to other people as well. You might consider giving a bit more information instead of only half a sentence. I would solve a lot of problems and misunderstandings.

A lovely story. 4 stars.

Thank you, Kelly Heard and Bookouture (via Netgalley)

About the author

Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Kelly Heard now lives in Richmond with her husband, spoiled house cat, and two-year-old daughter. She writes poetry, adult fiction, and creative nonfiction. When she is not writing or reading, Kelly enjoys spending her time gardening, cooking, and playing the ukulele for her toddler.  

 

Author Links

Twitter:  @heardkj1 

https://kellyheard.wixsite.com/mysite  

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fortune-Tellers-Promise-emotional-heartbreaking-ebook/dp/B07W6P1K7H/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+fortune+teller%27s+promise&qid=1572118897&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

To Snare A Witch by Jay Raven / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @JayRavenAuthor

 

 

Book One – Bell, Book and Candle

A Chilling historical tale of lust, sorcery and devastating revenge

No female dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England’s most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the Devil himself.

But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty,  intelligence and guile. Coming from an influential family, she believes she is safe.

What she doesn’t understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition  sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.

And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity – leaving them both staring into the face of true evil…

 

 

Q&A

  1. Did or do you like to read comic books/graphic novels? Which ones?

I have to admit I’ve never read a graphic novel. I know – it’s incredible, isn’t it! But if I was going to, I’d probably choose the Judge Dredd series. I loved the movies, and their sly humour interwoven with the explosions and mean, moody dialogue. I love Men in Black and Hellboy, so I’d check them out as well.

I’m not that fond of Superheroes because I always think that having a special power gives them an unfair advantage in any face-off with the bad guys. The only caped crusader I have time for is Batman – it’s the car, right? Partly, but he’s more believable because he is just an ordinary person who gets his crime-fighting advantage through ingenious gadgets. In my dreams I could be Batman.

  1. Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?

I grew up in a house full of books. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read, so I literally inherited a love of fiction from my parents. And I was very lucky in going to schools that had well stocked libraries. I devoured all their Sci-fi titles so I think writers like Isaac Asimov, John Wyndham, H.G. Wells and Ray Bradbury were a very important influence and helped shape my tastes and ambitions. Back in those days short story collections were still immensely popular, so when I started writing professionally, I naturally gravitated towards producing short stories – for magazines and small press anthologies, only moving on to novels years later.

  1. When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?

Everyone who has insulted me, snubbed me, cheated me, underestimated me, taken my last bar of chocolate or otherwise incurred my wrath, ends up dead – as one of the characters in my stories. The more they’ve upset me, the gorier their fictional fate. Revenge is a dish best served up cold – and in print!

  1. How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I’m very picky choosing character names – that’s because I believe that a character’s moniker goes a long way in helping suggest their personality and background. Readers will happily accept a witch called Lilith as it suggests a timeless, ethereal, magical character but they’d struggle to believe a sorceress called Jenni because it is too mundane and too modern, and doesn’t – if you’ll forgive the pun – conjure up any mystical connotations.

I always try to give villains surnames with a hard, almost grunting, consonant sound at the beginning – Kravnik, Drubrick, Modjeski, Marek. And, as I set many of my Gothic horror stories in Eastern Europe, I tweak names to make them sound more Slavonic – Thomas becomes Tomas, Victor becomes Viktor, George becomes Georg and the like.

  1. Do you write other things beside books (and shopping lists 😉 ?

I can’t keep my butterfly mind under control and it constantly bombards me with ideas for all sorts of different plots, eras and genres. That means that I’m just as likely to wake up with a comedy idea buzzing in my brain as a spooky one.

My answer is to write under two names – I create humour stories under my real name Iain Pattison and Gothic horror/ dark fantasy novels and short story collections under the pen-name Jay Raven. I’m currently focusing on my Jay Raven output – but even then, it’s sometimes a struggle to choose whether my next book will feature witches, vampires or twisted fairy tales.

  1. If a movie or TV series was made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather they showed it exactly the way you created it?

That’s an intriguing question. I’d have no problem with seeing my work interpreted or re-imagined, with a sympathetic screen adapter coming fresh to it and bringing new insight to the plot and characters. But that involves a lot of trust. A bad adaption where the author’s original vision is mangled can destroy a book’s magic and credibility.

If I had a choice, I’d prefer to have my books adapted for television rather than appear as movies. There are two reasons for this. Some stories are just too complex and too densely plotted and populated to be squeezed into two hours. Important sub plots and minor characters have to be sacrificed. TV lets a story breath.

In addition, some movie companies buy the rights to a popular series, but will only make the first book into a film – to see how it plays with audiences – and if it doesn’t make enough money, they abandon their plans for the rest of the series.

  1. Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Sadly, the two authors I’d liked to have interviewed are both no longer with us. I’d have loved to have met Terry Pratchett – the king of comedy fantasy. His Discworld novels are sheer genius, packed with gags, insight and adroit observation of human foibles.

The other author I’d have really enjoyed meeting was Angela Carter – the writer of The Company of Wolves. She was famous for her magical realism books such as Night at the Circus, The Magic Toyshop and the Infernal Desire Machine of Doctor Hoffmann.

I’m told my dark fantasy reminds people of her work and I’d think we’d have had very intense, otherworldly conversations – sprinkled with laughs and chills. 

  1. Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?

Not really. I do all my research on Google! My books are set in an imaginary sinister-edged wonderland of malice and magic, which bears very little resemblance to the real world. All my Gothic horror is set in the past – ranging from 17th century England to 19th century Transylvania, and apart from making sure there are no obvious historical inaccuracies I let my imagination have full rein.

  1. Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?

If I’ve hit a plotting problem, I’ll chat to other author friends, but beyond that I tend to talk out any dilemmas and doubts with my wife Liz. She’s very good at spotting holes and inconsistences in the work and brings welcome fresh eyes to any project. But, ironically, she’s not a huge fan of the type of stories I specialise in. In fact, if she hates something, I write I know it will sell well!  

  1. What is more important to you: a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)

Don’t get me wrong – having anyone read and rate your work is wonderful, but star scores on their own are considerably less helpful than full reviews with comments. If, for example, someone gives a book three stars, with no explanation, all that tells the author and other potential buyers is that the reader didn’t have a fully satisfying experience – but not why.

It could be that they’d spotted a flaw in the plot, characterisation, descriptions, or believability – something that could influence other people making a choice about reading the book. If they’d left feedback it could offer the author a chance to tweak and improve the novel.

On the other hand, people sometimes give poor scores for the most arbitrary of reasons – they don’t like fiction written in first-person, they didn’t read the blurb properly when buying it and the book genre or style isn’t what they expected or even that the paperback version of the book arrived in the post damaged!

Comments allow other readers to read the criticisms and see if they judge them valid or something trivial that wouldn’t put them off.  

Thank you, Jay Raven and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

If you would like to be informed of new releases, enjoy free short stories and access exclusive giveways and competitions, please subscribe to Jay’s monthly newsletter on his website at http://www.jayraven.co.uk

 

Author Links 

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twitter: @JayRavenAuthor
facebook: www.facebook.com/fantasywriterjayraven/

 

 

Book Links

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Snare-Witch-Book-Bell-Candle/dp/1795017155

http://www.amazon.com/Snare-Witch-Book-Bell-Candle/dp/1795017155

Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop – Hannah Pearl / #PromoPost #PublicationDay @RubyFiction @HannahPearl_1

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze …
Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for their loved one. And she absolutely does not just sell ‘soppy presents and frilly pants’ as her brother’s infuriating best friend, Eli, is so fond of suggesting.
The sad fact is that whilst Daisy is helping others with their love lives, hers is non-existent. But when unusual circumstances take Daisy and Eli on a road trip from London to rural Wales, will she finally get the happily ever after to her own Christmas love story?

 

 

Promo Post

Thank you, Hannah Pearl and Ruby Fiction

 

About the author

Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

 

Author Links

www.dizzygirlwrites.wordpress.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/HannahPearl_1

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.com/Daisys-Christmas-Gift-Shop/dp/B07YVMPYJV/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=daisy%27s+christmas+shop&qid=1572387629&sr=8-1

 

Alex Hoffmann – Leslie Wolfe / #Extract #BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours @LWNovels

 

 

Five Exciting Thrillers, One Riveting Series

If James Bond were an American woman who preferred angry mojitos to martinis, her name would be Hoffmann. Alex Hoffmann. 

Five full-length, exciting action thrillers, one seriously gripping series. Discover Alex Hoffmann, the fearless rookie private investigator, and join her on a breathtaking ride that culminates with her facing off with the most dangerous intelligence asset the Russians have ever produced. It’s a hell of a ride.

 

Executive

A rookie private investigator. An unexpected killer. Espionage, current technology, warfare, and a hint of greed. A friendly fire incident in Afghanistan takes a serious toll. A drone, out of control, brings death and wreaks havoc on a Florida highway. An apparently successful corporation comes under scrutiny.

 

Devil’s Move

Here, at home, the enemy has a new target. We know the day of the attack, Election Day. We know very little else. America has overhauled its voting system using the latest technology. It was supposed to make our elections safer, but it’s only managed to make them a target. As we elect a President, conspiracies and murder take aim at our most cherished institutions.

 

The Backup Asset

Espionage has a new dimension. Everyone is gettable.

The United States is in the crosshairs of an unstoppable enemy intelligence operation and everyone is gettable. It’s called the Cold War 2.0, but when someone steals the plans to America’s newest weapons system, the war threatens to get very hot indeed. Alex Hoffmann puts everything on the line against unseen enemies in this gripping techno-thriller.

 

Ghost Pattern

There’s no willpower, no intelligence, and no spirit that won’t succumb to the right mix of drugs. When enemy interests employ the use of modern tools, weapons, tactics, and theories to achieve goals, the results have destructive, bone-chilling, and disturbing physical and emotional effects. Today’s enemy is tech-savvy, manipulative, powerful, well-funded, and supported by entire networks of global experts.

 

Operation Sunset

We are under an unprecedented attack. There’s nowhere to run. It’s the inconceivable scenario. An unknown Russian isn’t threatening a building or a city, but the future of everyone in America for decades to come. Alex Hoffmann is uncompromising and resourceful, but can she take out the greatest threat America has ever known when she doesn’t even know who it is? 

 

 

Extract

…Chapter 2: Blackmailed …Friday, April 2, 11:13AM

…Traveling Tech Corporate Offices

…San Diego, California

“I can’t do that. We’re talking about one of the best tech support analysts I have ever had.” George Auster’s chubby face was sweating heavily, while trying to persuade his visitor.

His morning was turning into a nightmare that he could not begin to comprehend. The man standing in front of him was not willing to negotiate. This man had stepped through the door, put a picture on his desk, and looked him straight in the eye.

“She has to go. You have 48 hours. Or you lose everything.”

He had no choice.

Thank you, Leslie Wolfe and Silver Dagger Book Tours.

 

About the Author

Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology.

Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller. A complete list of Leslie’s titles is available at http://wolfenovels.com/order.

Leslie enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from you.

 

Author Links

Website: http://www.WolfeNovels.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wolfenovels

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LWNovels

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/leslie-wolfe

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Leslie-Wolfe/e/B00KR1QZ0G/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7323368.Leslie_Wolf

 

 

Book Link

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YN4VYGM 

Cage – Lilja Sigurðardóttir / #Extract #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @annecater @OrendaBooks

 

 

Reykjavík Noir Trilogy #3

Drugs, smuggling, big money and political intrigue in Iceland rally with love, passion, murder and betrayal until the winner takes all … in the masterful, explosive conclusion to the award-winning Reykjavík Noir trilogy…

The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her.

As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland around the world, Agla and her former nemesis, María find the stakes being raised at a terrifying speed.
Ruthless drug baron Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting on in his own home.
At the same time, a deadly threat to Sonya and her family brings her from London back to Iceland, where she needs to settle scores with longstanding adversaries if she wants to stay alive.

With a shocking crescendo, the lives of these characters collide, as drugs, smuggling, big money and political intrigue rally with love, passion, murder and betrayal until the winner takes all … in the masterful, explosive conclusion to the award-winning Reykjavík Noir trilogy.

 

 

Extract

4

She had been more heavy-handed than usual today – to Ingimar’s satisfaction. He was exhausted after being whipped, and he had needed her help to reach the bed afterwards. This was the best part of it, exactly why he came to her; the hour he spent in her bed on the borderline between sleep and wakefulness, overwhelmed by the adrenaline that his body automatically pumped into his bloodstream as the first lash of the whip burned into his back, and the endorphins that accumulated the longer the treatment lasted, leaving him in a daze.

In his younger years he had believed that what he craved was the humiliation – of being tied, manacled, hung from a hook and whipped; of being completely in her power. But now he knew better. The key to it was the vulnerability that came afterwards; his defencelessness as she helped him, sobbing and bruised, to the bed, where she would apply a soothing balm to his back, tuck him in and whisper sweet words that were both calming and encouraging, just like a mother with her child. This was when he felt he was truly loved; he revelled in lying in bed without having had to do anything to deserve it, not one single thing.

‘You’re a good boy,’ she whispered, kissing the top of his head and leaving the room as he began to doze. He lay there in a dreamless state for a while, he had no idea how long, until his thoughts were again clear and linear, and he felt there was no longer any need to lie still. The time for rest was over. He got to his feet, pulled on his trousers and took his shirt with him to the kitchen where she was waiting for him with a smile.

Let’s take a look at you,’ she said, examining his back. ‘You’re fine,’ she added, handing him his singlet and helping him into it. It stung like hell, but he liked that. He would feel the pain for the next few days, every time he dressed, took a shower or leaned back in a chair, and that was the way he wanted it. This reminder was something he needed; the reminder that he was human. It was the same as the Roman emperors who had a slave walking behind them, whispering ‘remember you are mortal, remember you are mortal’.

‘I’ll make a transfer to your account,’ he said as he buttoned his shirt.

She stepped closer and helped him with the top button and knotted his tie for him.

‘Not too much,’ she said.

‘You always pay me too much.’

‘I’m grateful,’ he said.

‘You’re still in a state when you make the transfer, so you make it too much.’

‘It’s no more than you deserve,’ he said, kissing her cheek.

‘Now you be a good little worm and do as you’re told.’ She smiled and winked as she teased him. ‘Otherwise you’ll feel it…’

He gave her an exaggerated bow.

‘Yes, madame!’

They understood each other instinctively. She knew precisely when it was safe to inject a little humour into the game they played, and when things had to be kept serious as it was crucial to not lose the momentum.

‘Call me whenever you want,’ she said, holding the front door open for him.

He blew her a kiss on his way down the steps, and as was so often the case, he was astonished at the change he’d undergone since he had turned up here a couple of hours ago. He had walked in tense with stress and with his mind in overdrive, but now he was relaxed and his thoughts had clarified, as if his soul had been cleansed.

He started his car and turned up the heater. It wasn’t particularly cold, but a whipping always left him with a chill that lasted a few hours. His phone showed one missed call and two text messages, all from the same number. He opened the first message. It was a long one, from an investigative journalist called María. He sighed. He knew who María was: a former investigator at the special prosecutor’s office who had fallen badly out of favour and who now ran her own online news outlet, an effort driven forwards more by determination than ability. She was the type who saw conspiracy everywhere she looked and who could make the most innocent thing look suspicious. The message was a series of questions concerning himself and Agla, and any business connections they might have.

That was something he could answer easily. Right now there were none. They had ended their joint business affairs some years before and since then had taken care to avoid each other.

He opened the second message and the flood of questions continued. This demonstrated an incredible optimism on her part. Surely she didn’t expect him to answer all these questions by text message? Normally he kept clear of journalists and wouldn’t have hesitated to delete these messages right away.

But the last question in the series troubled him:

What is the nature of the business conducted by yourself and William Tedd with Icelandic aluminium producers?

Thank you, Lilja Sigurdardóttir and Random Things Tours.

 

About the author

Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, including Snare and Trap, the first two books in the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, which have hit bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner

 

Social Media Link

webside : http://www.liljawriter.com

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cage-Reykjavik-Trilogy-Lilja-Sigurdardottir/dp/1912374498/ref=sr_1_1?crid=RWCMFNFI5LCS&keywords=cage+lilja+sigurdardottir&qid=1570029082&s=gateway&sprefix=cage+lilja%2Caps%2C181&sr=8-1